HBO will air Game of Thrones star Kit Harington’s Gunpowder miniseries exclusively in the United States this December. The three-part historical thriller also stars Peter Mullan, Mark Gatiss, Liv Tyler, and more. It was written by Ronan Bennett, known for the series Top Boy, directed by J Blakeson, known for The Disappearance of Alice Creed, and produced by Kudos in association with Thriker Films for BBC One.
The first episode will debut on HBO Monday, December 18, followed by the other parts the following two nights. The series, which has been a huge hit with BBC One audiences in the United Kingdom when it first aired October 21, will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and affiliate portals.
Taken from the press release by HBO, the series follows Robert Catesby (Harington), who was the driving force behind the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 London that is perhaps most commonly associated with Guy Fawkes. The synopsis is as follows:
"A committed Catholic at a time when Protestant England persecutes Catholics relentlessly, Catesby’s refusal to abandon his religion brings him to the edge of financial, social and psychological ruin. Mark Gatiss plays Robert Cecil, King James’ spymaster, who directs efforts to hunt down, torture and kill priests, while rank-and-file Catholics are subject to oppression and the loss of their property.
Peter Mullan portrays head Jesuit Father Garnet, whose peaceful protestations have little effect on Catesby. Liv Tyler plays Catesby’s astute and capable cousin, Anne Vaux, who becomes suspicious about his activities and fears the consequences will be the exact opposite of what Catesby intends."
Harington, who also co-executive produced the series, also has a surprising personal connected to Gunpowder – he is a descendant of the real-life Robert Catesby. Here is what Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming, said about Harington’s connection to the series, plus Harington’s thoughts on the series:
“We are delighted to offer a platform for a project that is so close to Kit Harington’s heart,” says Kary Antholis. “Kit’s passion for and belief in GUNPOWDER are evident in every frame of the miniseries.
Three years ago, Daniel West and I conceived and began developing GUNPOWDER with Kudos and Ronan Bennett,” notes Harington. “We are now thrilled to share this unique story with the U.S. audience. I can't think of a better place to do that than my home at HBO.”
If Gunpowder is a success, it would be another hit for HBO starring Harrington - who is most notably known for his role as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, which will be airing its final season sometime in 2018 or 2019.
Gunpowder premieres on December 18 on HBO @10pm
Source: HBO Press Release